Proton Therapy

Supporting Siblings of Pediatric Patients

We know that siblings are affected by their brother or sister’s diagnosis and face many difficulties themselves. Although many siblings try to be brave and helpful, they may feel left out or alone. As a parent, you want to be there for all of your children, but this can be difficult when one of your…

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What is the Role of the Medical Dosimetrist?

Our medical dosimetrists have a very important role in the treatment of our patients. Their role is to design and optimize radiation plans for patients going through proton therapy treatment. To do this, they collaborate with the medical physicists and radiation oncologists. How does dosimetry work? Dosimetrist develop computerized radiation treatment plans and ensure the…

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Why I Chose a Toy Drive at My Wedding

At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, a long-standing tradition is for our patients to ring a life-size gong on their final day of treatment. This is a symbolic closing to their radiation treatments. During this celebration, our pediatric patients are presented with a wagon of donated gifts. The child is cheered on by family,…

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ProtonPal Volunteers

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center wants to recognize our volunteers who lend their time to help our patients and families. Our volunteers have personal or family experience with cancer. They understand the importance of having the comfort, hope, support and education needed before, during and after treatment. Without…

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Coping with Emotions During Cancer Treatment

As you go through treatment, you may find yourself going through a range of feelings you’re not used to dealing with. Also, you may find that existing feelings seem more intense. These feelings will change daily, hourly, or even in a matter of minutes. Here are some of the common feelings that cancer patients may…

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MD Anderson Machinists Making Cancer History

On-site machine shop In the lower level of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, you can find the on-site machine shop team busy producing personalized compensators and apertures. The devices are an essential component in providing precise and effective treatment to each proton therapy patient. Meet the team The machine shop team is compromised of…

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Education Program Coordinator, Lee Chamblee Retires

After 23 years, our Education Program Coordinator, Lee Chamblee, is retiring from the MD Anderson family. Lee joined MD Anderson in January 1996 in the office of Performance Improvement where he taught nurses and staff personnel how to use system applications. At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, he has been instrumental in advancing the…

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Managing Common Eating Difficulties During and After Treatment

During cancer treatment, it is important to maintain a healthy diet to nourish your body with the necessary calories and nutrients needed for energy, repair, recovery, and healing. However, side effects can make it challenging to eat during and after treatment causing eating difficulties. Learn about food suggestions you can try when experiencing common eating…

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Hydrogel Now Being Used for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer patients at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center now have the option to use a hydrogel. This new method will simplify the process for patients while undergoing treatment. The hydrogel protects the prostate during treatment by acting as a spacer by pushing away the rectum from the prostate. In doing so, physicians are able…

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